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Kilmihil-Shannon Gaels Looking Forward To U-21A Football Final

Should Shannon Gaels-Kilmihil upset the odds and defeat St Breckan’s this Sunday, it would be a massive moment for both clubs, according to manager Paul Reidy. Shannon Gaels-Kilmihil recorded an impressive 14-point win over Naomh Eoin-O’Curry’s in their quarter-final clash before they defeated Kilmurry Ibrickane 2-10 to 1-10 in the semi-final. This set up the clash with St Breckan’s in Cusack Park this Sunday to decide who will rule the U-21 roost. While form isn’t in question, Reidy is wary of what Breckan’s bring to the table. He also stressed how important this year has been for his squad’s development. “We do have a good bit of work done as we haven’t played in two and a half weeks but we’re very lucky that the vast majority of our team, either played with Kilmihil senior or Shannon Gaels intermediate this year. They have played football at a high level all year and that has really stood to us. “When we …

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St Breckan’s Hoping To Keep The Good Times Going

2019 has already been a year to remember for St Breckan’s. The Clare intermediate title was annexed at the first time of asking and there is a Munster club final on the horizon too. It’s been a similar success story at underage level, as they reached the Minor B final before narrowly losing out to Cooraclare while this Sunday will see them compete for U-21A honours. Club stalwart Neil Hawes will be patrolling the line in Cusack Park and he’s hoping they can capitalise on the momentum gathered in recent times. “It has been a great few weeks for the club and we are really looking forward to another big game on Sunday. You have to take every game on its own merits and we will be hoping to put in another big performance and see where that will take us. I know people say that it is going on late in the year but it is still a really …

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Newmarket Bidding For Revenge In MFA Champions Trophy

Newmarket Celtic have to chance to avenge their penalty shootout loss to St Michael’s of Tipperary town when they welcome them to McDonough Park this Sunday. St Michael’s broke Newmarket hearts in last year’s final with a 5-4 win in the penalty shootout but the sides meet at the quarter-final stage this year. Newmarket will definitely feel they have a bone to pick with St Michael’s with plenty of recent history between the clubs and home advantage will be a big bonus for the Clare side this Sunday. Newmarket will be under no illusions as to the enormity of the task ahead as St Michael’s are the reigning FAI Junior cup, Munster Junior Cup and Munster Champions Trophy holders. Mark O’Malley is in his first season as manager of Newmarket Celtic’s premier side, having graduated from being at the helm of the B side, and he believes his side are in with a big shout as long as they bring …

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Michael Cusack’s Set For Action In Munster JFC

Munster Junior Club Football Championship Semi-Final: Michael Cusack’s v Na Gaeil Clare champions Michael Cusack’s are the last Banner side to get their provincial campaign underway this weekend when they go to Austin Stack Park in Tralee to take on the Kerry champions Na Gaeil. It is the second year running that the North Clare outfit are out in Munster action, but this time they are doing so as the title holders. 12 months ago they took on Beaufort at this stage but suffered a heavy 5-23 to 0-4 defeat. They came into that game having lost the Clare Junior A final to Eire Óg but will be carrying winning momentum this time around. The history books over the last few years do not make pleasant reading for Clare sides in this championship. Outside of Coolmeen’s run to the final in 2015, you have to go back to 2007 to find the last Clare side to win a game in …

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Dramatic Late Finish Sees St Joseph’s Tulla Into Harty Cup Quarter Finals

Harty Cup Round Three: St Joseph’s Tulla 0-14 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-11 They got there in the end and a late dramatic Sean Withycombe point was enough as St Joseph’s Secondary School Tulla booked their place in the Harty Cup quarter-finals in a cold and windy Mallow on Wednesday afternoon. The hard-fought draw at the hands of Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon looked out of reach of Tulla’s hands when a Mark Hickey goal 12 minutes from time blasted the Cork school into a three-point lead. They huffed and they puffed and it certainly looked like it wasn’t to be for the East Clare hurlers when Bandon restored their three-point cushion with just three minutes remaining but three late Tulla scores without response drew the sides’ level in the final moments. Two minutes from time Bandon had still maintained a two-point lead but late scores from Daragh Keogh (free) and Withycombe sent Tulla into the quarter finals on score difference, …

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St Flannan’s Dig Deep To Book Harty Cup Quarter-Final Spot As Group Winners

Harty Cup Round Three: St Flannan’s 0-13 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG – An Mhainistir Thuaidh (Cork) 1-9 A battling performance from St Flannan’s saw them cement their place in a first Harty Cup quarter-final since 2011 as they maintained their unbeaten record in this year’s competition. They sealed their spot as group winners with a third consecutive group victory as strong finishes to both halves saw them over the line in a rain-soaked Cappamore. The dismissal of Jarlath Collins to a straight red card midway through the opening period had threatened to derail their challenge, with the heavy conditions making for a physical contest throughout. St Flannan’s had to go to the well to find the reserves to hold out, and suffered what could have been a fatal blow inside the last ten minutes when Nathan O’Gabhláin’s shot from distance went all the way to net as a wet sliotar evaded an otherwise rock-solid Cian Broderick. It saw the Rebel men …

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Historic Afternoon In Store For St Breckan’s

LISDOONVARNA will be a hive of activity this Sunday, as St Breckan’s play host to Tipperary champions Moycarkey-Borris in the Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship semi-final. Breckan’s have been impressive this season in capturing the Clare intermediate title, a year after suffering relegation. They also dispatched of the Limerick champions Galtee Gaels with relative ease in the LIT Gaelic Grounds last weekend and are riding a wave of confidence. With what is likely to be a sizeable home crowd behind them on Sunday, they can take down the Tipperary champions and march on to a Munster final. St Breckan’s possess a potent blend of composure, speed, talent and experience and have put that to good use in 2019. Donie Garrihy arriving as manager has obviously revitalised Breckan’s and the man himself has called it “a privilege” to manage his home club. Garrihy has stated himself the importance of coach and former All-Star Declan O’Keefe in this year’s setup and it …

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Miltown Set For Bid At Munster Club Football Final

Munster Club Football Semi-Final: Miltown St Joseph’s v Clonmel Commercials After a dogged battle with Rathgormack last weekend, the Clare champions must turn around and do it all over again this Sunday when Tipperary kingpins Clonmel Commercials come to West Clare. There was a marked difference in the manner of victory for both sides last weekend, as the Premier outfit ran riot without ever really breaking sweat in their county final win over JK Bracken’s en route to a 3-19 to 0-7. On the other hand, Miltown had to go to the well to eventually see off Rathgormack with the question now being how much that effort took out of the tank, and how many times they will need to use the natural recovery therapy offered by the ocean this week. The energy it took to grind out the win and the short turnaround between games will be a concern, while the loss of Eoin Curtin to an ankle injury …

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